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Old 04-06-12, 08:20 AM
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HandleBar Switch Question

Hey, I'm looking at getting the 2012 Diamondback Insight Hybrid bike. I noticed that it has the flat handlebar but was wondering if I could put a drop handlebar instead of its generic handlebars. If so, what would be the type of drop handlebars would I need (size)?

Here's the link to the bike:
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...uctId=12628906

Here's the Handlebars I would like to upgrade to, if possible:
https://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm...d=195%20FSAWP4

Thanks for the help
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Old 04-06-12, 08:26 AM
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Need a 1" center clamp Bar, or, get another stem, also, for fitting the center clamp
diameter of what bar you prefer.
the bar you highlight is oversize, metric equivalent of 1.25"
so larger than even the previous bar standard of 26mm..

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You've got a couple of problems. That's a 31.8 clamp for the new bars, I doubt that's the clamp size on the Diamondback stem. You need to confirm the stem clamp size on the Diamondback. But more than that, you'll need room for the brakes and shifters and there doesn't seem to be nearly enough room on your new bars. So, if you go this way you'll need a new stem, road brake levers, road shifters, - or brifters- i.e. a brand new cockpit. Using a flat bar brake set on a drop bar isn't too smart unless you doing the fixie thing.
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If you want drop bars, buy a bike with them already installed. Buying a new flat bar bike and then exchanging all of the parts needed to use drop bars is a very expensive approach.
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Originally Posted by FrenchFit
You've got a couple of problems. That's a 31.8 clamp for the new bars, I doubt that's the clamp size on the Diamondback stem. You need to confirm the stem clamp size on the Diamondback. But more than that, you'll need room for the brakes and shifters and there doesn't seem to be nearly enough room on your new bars. So, if you go this way you'll need a new stem, road brake levers, road shifters, - or brifters- i.e. a brand new cockpit. Using a flat bar brake set on a drop bar isn't too smart unless you doing the fixie thing.
It gets worse. If you go to a integrated road shifter, you'll need the shifters, a new front derailer, a new cog set and/or a new wheel for a 9 or 10 speed system, and new brakes or travelagents to make the linear brakes work. Even if you go with a barend shifter, you'll need the shifters and drop bar brake levers that work with linear brakes. Even with a bar end shifter, you might need a new freewheel or even a new wheel if you want index shifting. And then you need to do the work (or hire someone) to do the conversion.

If you buy all the parts to go with an STI, you'd be looking at close to the price of the bike. If you have someone do the conversion for you, you are looking at maybe double that cost. Better to save your money and get a bike that has the stuff you want on it. Use this one for commuting and nasty weather riding.
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Originally Posted by HillRider
If you want drop bars, buy a bike with them already installed. Buying a new flat bar bike and then exchanging all of the parts needed to use drop bars is a very expensive approach.
I agree! I had to do that to a Jamis one of the know nothing knuckle heads I worked with sold to a woman once. The boss would not order a tourer for her to try and they sold her a expensive hybrid. it worked but even after paying an extra $200 (in 1995 dollars) it was still a compromise.

It might cost a few dollars more but look for something with drop bars. I think the trek 520 is still reasonably priced. There is always bikes direct too and odds are there is a competent reseller near you willing to build it.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
It might cost a few dollars more but look for something with drop bars. I think the trek 520 is still reasonably priced. There is always bikes direct too and odds are there is a competent reseller near you willing to build it.
A cyclocross bike (a common multi-use version, not a pure racer) would also be a suitable type.

BTW, I'd avoid Dicks and shop at a real bike dealer. Dicks is a stick-and-ball and team name athletic clothing specialists. Their bike department is typically pretty inept. They are a step above Wal-Mart but not that big a step.
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Thanks for the help, ill definitely use these knowledge before getting my bike
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